Psychological test proposed for govt. execs, employees

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Kabayan partylist Reps. Ron Salo and Ciriaco Calalang jointly crafted and filed a bill proposing that applicants for certain appointive government posts and candidates for most elective posts be made to undergo psychological and psychiatric tests.

 

Rep. Salo said House Bill 7344 (Government Service Mandatory Psychological & Psychiatric Testing Act) is an offshoot of the ongoing hearings on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno during which one of the issues raised was Sereno’s mental fitness for the post.

 

It was revealed during House hearings that clinical psychologists who performed tests on then candidate Sereno found her psychologically unfit for the Chief Justice post. Their recommendations, however, were ignored by the Judicial and Bar Council.

 

Salo also said his goal to make government adopt the private sector practices on administering psychological tests and mental health evaluation is consistent with his advocacy for the Mental Health Bill of which he is one of the principal authors.

 

“It is standard practice for most, if not all, private companies and non-government and international organizations to use pre-employment tests, such as aptitude and psychological tests, to measure potential employees’ fitness and suitability for work,” the KABAYAN solons said.

 

Reps. Salo and Calalang said their bill’s psych tests and evaluation will cover all appointive and elective positions that require occupants to exercise discretionary and supervisory power and authority.

 

Exempted from psych tests are: a) employees who do not exercise discretionary or supervisory powers in their function; b) those whose qualifications and bases for removal from office are explicitly provided in the 1987 Constitution; c) casual employees; d) temporary employees; e) co-terminus employees and f) those in confidential positions.

 

House Bill 7344 also covers government employees applying for promotion to positions with discretionary and supervisory mandates.

 

Salo and Calalang believe these tests “offer an objective measure of the applicants’ capabilities and competencies, character, and the ability to perform and deliver under various circumstances.  The end in view is to establish the impact such persons will have on the overall performance of the entire organization.”

 

“Our people deserve only the highest quality of service from our government and its leaders and workers. Having only the most mentally and psychologically qualified individuals appointed or elected in government positions and offices of higher power and authority is to ensure that the Filipino people shall enjoy this highest quality of service,” Salo and Calalang said in the explanatory note of the bill.  

 

 

 

 

 

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